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Definition

A person's self-reported usual number of alcohol-containing standard drinks on a day when they consume alcohol.

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Representation

This representation is based on the value domain for this data element, more information is available at " Total standard drinks NN ".
Data Type Number
Format NN
Maximum character length 2
Values
Value Meaning Start Date End Date
Supplementary Values 99 Consumption not reported

Comments

Guide for use:

This estimation is based on the person's description of the type (spirits, beer, wine, other) and number of standard drinks, as defined by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC), consumed per day. One standard drink contains 10 grams of alcohol.

The following gives the NH&MRC examples of a standard drink:

  • Light beer (2.7%):
    • - 1 can or stubbie = 0.8 a standard drink
  • Medium light beer (3.5%):
    • - 1 can or stubbie = 1 standard drink
  • Regular Beer - (4.9% alcohol):
    • - 1 can = 1.5 standard drinks
    • - 1 jug = 4 standard drinks
    • - 1 slab (cans or stubbies) = about 36 standard drinks
  • Wine (9.5% - 13% alcohol):
    • - 750-ml bottle = about 7 to 8 standard drinks
    • - 4-litre cask = about 30 to 40 standard drinks
  • Spirits:
    • - 1 nip = 1 standard drink
    • - Pre-mixed spirits (around 5% alcohol) = 1.5 standard drinks

When calculating consumption in standard drinks per day, the total should be reported with part drinks recorded to the next whole standard drink (e.g. 2.4 = 3).

Origin:
The World Health Organisation's 2000 International Guide for Monitoring Alcohol Consumption and Related Harm document -National Health and Medical Research Council's Australian Alcohol Guidelines, October 2001.

References

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